The Man by the Van
East Benson Highway, March 9, 9:05 p.m.
A middle-age man in a drug-induced state of extreme paranoia trespassed on trailer-park property and refused to leave, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.
Responding to a suspicious-activity call, sheriff's deputies found the man cursing steadily and reclining on the ground on a lot occupied by a couple living in a van. The couple reported that the man had knocked on their door asking for water and would not go away, claiming that someone was chasing him and saying, "I'm not going to run anymore; watch out for my dog." The man had a rottweiler puppy by his side, which went by the name of Achilles.
As deputies arrested the man, he became very agitated and continued to yell and curse, increasing in volume as his dog barked, howled and snapped. The man refused to get off the ground, stating that he had just gotten out of prison three days ago, and he did not want to be killed. "Don't shoot me," he yelled repeatedly. "They are going to shoot me; please do not kill me. You guys chased me. I know you guys are going to take me out into the desert and shoot me."
The man at first asserted that all he had done that day was smoke marijuana, but he later admitted that he was high on cocaine. He declined medical attention and was booked for criminal trespassing and two charges of disturbing the peace. His dog was taken by Animal Control.
Take That, Mr. Cruise
UA Area, March 13, 12:05 a.m.
A group of college students were found creatively vandalizing University of Arizona property as part of a campaign against Scientology, according to a UA Police Department report.
A UA officer encountered the students--some from the UA, and some from Pima Community College--inside the Olive tunnel, 1095 E. Speedway Blvd., where they were posting signs, writing and drawing pictures with multi-colored chalk on the walls. The students identified themselves as part of a group called "Anonymous" and announced that they were protesting the religion of Scientology. They had created about 15 works of chalk graffiti, including phrases against Scientology, Web site addresses and drawings of the silhouette of a man in a business suit (apparently, the group's logo).
The perpetrators seemed very knowledgeable about Scientology and were passionate about educating the public about its negative aspects, said the reporting officer. They were advised that if the graffiti could not be eliminated, they were subject to arrest; however, all the chalk markings were easily removed with soap and water.
The students left the scene with no further incident.